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Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

It's the time of the year when companies release their yearly trends, totals, and data. YouTube did it earlier this month, and Google just recently followed today with its own yearly trends list. Joining them is Facebook with its own totals; the social network has broken down its year based on global data and U.S. data. Included among the details are the top ten most talked about topics, with top among them them all being the US presidential election.

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Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger users will soon see a new car icon at the bottom of the app that, when pressed, orders an Uber ride from directly within Facebook’s app. The new feature is currently being tested with some users, and will launch for those located in cities with Uber service. Says Facebook, it will partner with other transportation services ‘soon,’ which will make the feature available to more Messenger users.

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Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

The Internet has replaced the ancient yellow pages. Not convinced? Just take a gander at how many Web services there are that try to let you search for a service or an establishment. Need a plumber? Check. Need to call a restaurant? Double check. But Internet services can provide more than what static paper can contain, like more detailed information and even customer reviews. That is the kind of convergence of information that Facebook is trying to harness with a prematurely outed "Professional Services" website that aims to connect netizens with the business they are looking for.

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Facebook updates real name policy in response to criticism

Facebook updates real name policy in response to criticism

Since Facebook rolled out their real names policy, the company has gotten a lot of (justified) negative feedback. More than a few of my own friends have been affected by the policy, for one reason or another. While I can understand that they want to ensure that people know who they're communicating with, it's had many adverse effects on a host of people. Thankfully, the company has announced some forthcoming changes that should help.

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Facebook gets Star Wars temporary lightsaber pics

Facebook gets Star Wars temporary lightsaber pics

Star Wars fans who want to celebrate their geeky side this week during the build up to the launch of the latest film in the franchise will want to hear about the new profile pic possibility for their Facebook profiles. Facebook users can get temporary Star Wars profile pics that overlay a lightsaber in front of their profile pics.

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Study: perceived addiction brings fleeing Facebook users back

Study: perceived addiction brings fleeing Facebook users back

Ditching Facebook is something many users have dreamed of, but ultimately failed to do. Some take a break, only to log back in before their goal date. Others suspend their account, planning to leave the social network for good, only to reactivate it later on. Why? That’s a question Cornell University researchers have answered, with a recent study finding four factors that bring users back.

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Facebook Moments has killed off Photo Sync

Facebook Moments has killed off Photo Sync

In June, Facebook introduced a new app called Moments, which enables users to create a private gallery comprising multiple users’ photos. Before Moments arrived, though, Facebook rolled out a feature called Photo Sync back in 2012 — with it, Facebook would automatically upload one’s photos into a private album for faster sharing with other users. Now that Moments has arrived, Facebook is going to kill off Photo Sync.

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Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

The social network makes Offline Mode a reality with apps' ability to make Facebook comments and see cached content at all times. This is part of the plan. Part of the plan Facebook has to get as much Facebook delivered to you as it can, all the time. They suggest that these updates are to tend to people around the world connecting with 2G mobile data in developing countries - we know it's for the cat pics.

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Facebook News Feed to cater to slow, flaky connections

Facebook News Feed to cater to slow, flaky connections

Facebook, like Google and some other tech companies, have become very enthusiastic, perhaps even obsessed, with bringing the Internet to as many people as possible, either through balloons or lasers, or both. Bringing the Internet to everyone has the happy consequence of also opening up Facebook to new users as well. But even those already with Internet connections enjoy good quality connections every time and all the time. To make sure that those factors don't deprive users of the enjoyment of using Facebook, the social networking giant is rolling out some changes to make Facebook usable, or at least bearable, under constrained networks.

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Behold Facebook’s top and most notable games of 2015

Behold Facebook’s top and most notable games of 2015

Yes, it's that time of year again when people, almost anyone really, become more reflective and think about where the past year has gone. And so, it's also time for the almost never ending lists of the best of the best of 2015. And when it comes to finding out what people think are the best, there is perhaps no better data source than Facebook. So for this year's top games and so called "games of the year", Facebook is releasing its own rather lengthy list, both for games you play on Facebook as well as those you do on your phone.

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Facebook Security Checkup for Android protects your account

Facebook Security Checkup for Android protects your account

Facebook has announced the launch of a new tool that will help Android users to secure their accounts and profiles from nefarious sorts. The tool is called Security Checkup and it is available right now. Security checkup allows users to review their account and add more security with easy access controls.

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Facebook Creative Labs’ experimental hub of apps is dead

Facebook Creative Labs’ experimental hub of apps is dead

Facebook Riff, Facebook Rooms, and Facebook Slingshot are all about to be tossed into the garbage as Facebook Creative Labs is axed. This environment for Facebook employee creativity and exploration has been ended - sort of. The /Labs bit of Facebook.com does not exist any longer, nor does the address /FacebookCreativeLabs - though that address hadn't been used for a while. Facebook representatives are suggesting that this does not mean that developers will no longer be encouraged to experiment.

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